Midhurst’s unsung heroes honoured by town

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Midhurst honoured three members of the community who work behind the scenes for others, when town councillors held their annual awards ceremony at Capron House.

Announcing the award-winners this year, chairman of the town council John Etherington presented certificates and the town’s thanks to Liz Moore who supports young families, to former town councillor Tony Beck for his work in providing seats across Midhurst, and to Maddie Clark who was sister at the community hospital for many years.

Liz Moore works tirelessly in the community, offering support to young families, particularly in the first few months after the arrival of a baby. She also gives advice in child care, child behaviour and good parenting practice.

“Countless numbers of families have turned to her in the Midhurst area for help,” said Mr Etherington.

She is also a member of the Mothers’ Union and a volunteer with the toddlers’ group Mothers and Others.

In addition she assists at the Ford open prison creche, giving parents the chance for time alone together.

“Liz has also been a foster mother and some of the children in her care have been very challenging,” Mr Etherington told the awards ceremony on Thursday.

Tony Beck, a town councillor for 16 years and a former chairman of the community care committee, was awarded for his sterling work in providing the town with public benches.

“He worked to get sponsorship and found the sites for the benches around the town, working with West Sussex County Council. He was also a long-time member of the Grange Centre management committee, helping them through one or two critical times.”

The nine public seats placed in the town are at the Carron Lane playing field, on St Anne’s Hill, outside the parish church, two at the Grange Centre, one outside Rosemary’s Parlour, two at the bottom of North Street and one on the grass close to North Mill Bridge which was donated by Lord Cowdray.

Maddie Clark was a district nurse and then sister at the Cottage Hospital which became the Midhurst Community Hospital.

She has been a member of the hospital committee for 15 years and visits patients every week at the hospital to take part in social activities with them. Until she resigned recently, she was also a trustee of the George Ognell’s Poor Charity for more than 15 years.

During the evening the town council’s co-sponsor of the Midhurst in Bloom competition, proprietor of Rotherhill Nurseries David Burton, presented winners with their prizes. Easebourne villager John Humphris, a Royal Horticultural Society judge, spoke of the importance of the competition and urged more gardeners to take part.